By Uzair Adam Imam
The suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, was reportedly re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the alleged N109.5 billion.
Idris was re-arraigned alongside three others identified as Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.
It was reported that Idris and the other accused were dragged before an FCT High Court, Maitama.
Recall that they were first arraigned on July 22 before a vacation judge, Justice Adeyemi Ajayi on a 13-count charge bordering on misappropriation to the tune of N109.5 billion.
The EFCC alleged that, Idris, between February and December 2021, accepted from Akindele, a gratification of N15. 1 billion.
The sum was said to have been a motive for accelerating the payment of 13 per cent derivation to the nine oil-producing states in the Federation, through the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
EFCC also explained to the court that N84. 3 billion from the federal government’s account was converted by the first and second defendants between Feb. and Nov. 2021.
The EFCC reiterated that the offence contravenes sections 155 and 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
However, the suspended Accountant General and the other defendants pleaded not guilty.